The Little Creek Barn Guidelines, set by the Horse Committee, include owner’s responsibilities before and after bringing a new horse on the property.  It is important to remember that the Little Creek barn is not a boarding facility. Each owner must care for his or her horse totally and the work around the barn is shared equally among all of the horse owners.

Guidelines for Owners with Horses at Little Creek 
A Little Creek lot owner must own the horse if it is boarded at Little Creek.

It is a requirement that all horses at Little Creek have the following vaccinations:

  • Annually: Rabies, EWT (Eastern/ Western Encephalitis, tetanus), Strangles, Rhino/Flu, and Coggins Test
  • Biannually: Fecal Test; and Rhino Flu if the horse is competing, riding with visiting horses on or off Little Creek.

It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure the horse is current on these vaccines before bringing the horse onto the property; documentation from a veterinarian must be presented to someone on the Horse Committee. It is the owner’s responsibility for all horses to be kept current on vaccinations. Any horse that is more than 60 days overdue will need to be removed from Little Creek.

Documentation of a negative Coggins for each horse kept at Little Creek must be filed in the barn. A horse that has a Coggins test that is expired by more than 60 days will need to be removed from Little Creek.

At least a week before bringing a new horse on the property, the owner must notify someone on the Horse Committee. This will give us time to prepare. A horse will not be unloaded on the property without a negative Coggins and current vaccine records.  Proper introduction into the herd takes time. New horses are required to stay in a pasture by themselves for 3 weeks. During this time a fecal egg count should be done by a veterinarian to ensure that the horse is parasite free. This is for the health and safety of all the horses at LC.

Currently all of the horses at Little Creek are on a daily pellet wormer and a paste wormer every 6 months per our veterinarian’s recommendation. A fecal test will be done on all the horses before the paste wormer is given. Because of the number of owners and horses, the vet feels that this is the safest way to ensure that all horses in our facility receive appropriate worming. The owners (per horse) divide the cost of the wormer. In order for worming to be effective, all horses on the property have to participate.

The Little Creek plantation manager, Billy Lowe, feeds the Little Creek horses during the week. Each owner is responsible for buying and picking up his or her own feed. It’s extremely important to keep a surplus of grain in the feed room for your horse.

Since the Little Creek barn is not a boarding facility, all horse owners are currently required to handle a weekend feeding every 9 weeks. (This consists of 4 feedings – Saturday and Sunday am and pm.)  Once a horse is brought to Little Creek the owner will be added to the schedule. A member of the horse committee will familiarize you with the feeding routine. Feedings must be done by an adult owner or supervised by an adult. Minors under 16 may not feed under any condition. Minors over 16 may feed with Committee approval only. This must be strictly adhered to for the safety and well-being of the feeder and the horses.

As the Board of Directors has stated, there are NO stallions allowed on the Little Creek property.

Each owner per horse pays for hay in advance. The Horse Committee orders the hay beforehand.  We have found a wonderful source for “horse quality” hay, and he has put us on a regular delivery schedule. We have a “Barn Account” that each owner is required to make a deposit of $600.00 per horse in the spring. This money covers the cost of hay, wormer (daily and paste), beet pulp, and salt/mineral blocks.

The Vet is scheduled for vaccines and well checks twice a year. Owners must be there. Farrier visits are the responsibility of each individual owner.

If a horse becomes sick at Little Creek, the owner must be prepared to meet the Vet and care for their animal. It is the owner’s responsibility to doctor any wounds or take care of special needs.   If a horse needs to be stalled for any length of time, it is up to the owner to clean the stall daily and purchase shavings. This is a necessity for the horse in addition to barn fly management, especially in the summer time.

Each owner should pitch in around the barn. Picking stalls after using them, dumping manure, replacing shavings, sweeping and simply making sure everything stays organized.

Each owner is responsible for keeping their tack and belongings in the barn in an organized fashion.

Riding times must be strictly adhered to during firearm season. Riders may use the property between 10:00am and 3:00pm except for November where all day hunting is allowed on LCII and Larry Stephens. Horseback riding will be allowed between the hours of 10:00am to 3:00pm on LC II and Larry Stephens Property, IF no one is hunting or intends to hunt during the midday on these two properties during November. If someone plans to hunt all day or midday during November, they must reserve either of these 2 properties during the morning sign out. All riders must wear orange during hunting season.

Helmets are strongly suggested for all riders but are mandatory for riders under the age of 16.

All riders must sign in and sign out in the Summer Kitchen.

Please be courteous to others on the trail and observe trail etiquette.

Minors are not permitted in the barn area without adult supervision.

LITTLE CREEK VISITING EQUESTRIAN GUIDELINES

A Little Creek owner must accompany a riding guest and horse throughout Little Creek at all times.
All guests riding within Little Creek must sign a liability waiver prior to riding. A minor, under the age of 18, must have parental signature.

No horse shall be brought on the property without current vaccination and Coggins documentation given to a member of the Horse Committee. This is best accomplished in advance by e-mail or fax. Required vaccines include:

  • Annually: Rabies, EWT, Strangles, and Coggins
  • Biannually: Rhino Flu

It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure each visiting horse is current on vaccinations prior to bringing them on the property. Current documentation must be updated and kept current if the horse returns to Little Creek.

No visiting horse will be pastured with horses at Little Creek in the barn area. A maximum of two visiting horses at one time can be stalled in the barn. The owner must take responsibility for stripping the stall, manure removal, replacing shavings, and disinfecting any solid surfaces when the visiting horse leaves.

A maximum of two visiting horses can be kept on an individual owner’s lot, provided that they are secured in fencing or temporary pens.

The Little Creek owner takes full responsibility for all guests and their horses while on Little Creek property.

All guests must strictly adhere to the boundaries of Little Creek according to the individual’s ownership areas within Little Creek. Boundaries are clearly marked within Little Creek.

All guests must adhere to the riding times and areas during firearm season.

All riders must sign in and sign out in the Summer Kitchen.

Please be courteous to others on the trail and observe trail etiquette.